October 2022

Kayenta Arts Foundation logo

Art in Kayenta Festival

Celebrating over two decades of Art in Kayenta

The Kayenta Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the 22nd annual Art in Kayenta Festival, Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th, 2022. Each Fall thousands of art enthusiasts and families have been making their way to Kayenta Art Village for the annual three-day FREE art festival in Ivins. Not only do festival goers enjoy spectacular art, they are also treated to stunning desert vistas, culinary delights from festival vendors, a beer and wine garden, live music, and Kayenta’s own Xetava Gardens Café that features organic local produce. Guests will have the opportunity to visit a collection of over 50 juried, regional and national artists who specialize in sculpture, painting, jewelry, ceramics, wood, metal, and other media. “The quality of art and extent of creative expression at the Festival is extraordinary. Combined with the Art Village setting and backdrop of Ivins red mountain, it is truly a special experience,” states Kayenta Arts Foundation Chair, Rob Goodman.

The Art in Kayenta Festival hosts a silent auction featuring original work from the attending artists and offerings from local businesses. Festival guests will have the exclusive opportunity to bid on select art pieces. The auction is hosted by the nonprofit Kayenta Arts Foundation, with proceeds benefiting Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK). During the Art in Kayenta Festival, CFAK is also presenting a special Living History Chautauqua event, on October 7 and 8 at 7:30 PM. This performance features Bobby Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev debating the 1692 missile crisis between the two Super Powerhouses. There will also be a special social hour to meet the artists, either before or after the event. Tickets to the Chautauqua are $25 for adults, $10 for students and children.

Stop by the Kayenta Homes & Properties
Art Village Office

for a free bottle of water during the 2022 Art in Kayenta Festival.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Our Concept Home will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
October 7, 8, and 9 from 11 am – 4 pm during the festival.

We look forward to seeing you.

Your Kayenta Home and Properties Sales Team:

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Steve McAllister & Naomi Doyle, Sales Agents

435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

QWANQWA is Outdoor Ethiopian

QWANQWA Outdoor Ethiopian Music Concert

October 1

QWANQWA is Outdoor Ethiopian music with strong rhythmic drums, traditional and experimental string instruments and African diva Vocals.

Brought together by a shared passion for the power of Ethiopian music, this group shines with experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions.

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Chautauqua Living History Event

October 7 & 8

Utah’s Chautauqua Venue, Center for the Arts at Kayenta presents Living History with Bobby Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, The 1962 Missile Crisis.

This Chautauqua about the 1962 Missile Crisis is performed by Jeremy Meier as Bobby Kennedy & Douglas A Mishler as Nikita Khrushchev.

Center for teh Arts at Kayenta

Utah Repertory Dance Theatre

October 20 & 21

Exciting dance filled with high energy, humor, and drama!

Saturday Night All Right

If you’ve lived in Kayenta for less than 15 years, chances are you haven’t.

Back then, people brought their chairs to the Village. Danced, clapped, and had a great time listening to great, live disco, country, and blues bands. Those were the days!

If you feel you missed out on a great event, mark your calendar for

October 16 for “Sunday Night…All Right”

at the Kayenta Village Outdoor Theater.

Starring Elaine & Mike playing and singing all the greatest hits, live and under the stars.

Music begins at 6:00 PM and ends 9:00 PM. Bring a chair. Bring a picnic. Bring a beverage. Sit back and prepare to have a great time.

Price at the door: $10 per person. Seating is limited to 50.

For reservations contact: gwenharrington6@gmail.com


Chief Andy Parker is sponsoring a new CERT class starting Oct. 20 at 7 PM.

It will be held at the Center Street Fire Station.

Ivins City Certification Training Program

Come join your community in learning how to be better prepared during a disaster or emergency. Learn how you can help your family and neighbors during an earthquake, fire, flood or other large event.

During a disaster local first responders will be overwhelmed with calls, leaving many to help each other until resources are available. CERT training includes basic first aid, building search techniques, damage assessment as well as other basic skills.

Once trained, CERT members can assist with other events in our area such as marathons and the Iron Man.
All materials and equipment will be provided for the CERT course.

If you have any questions, please contact me at: ivinsutahcert@gmail.com
David Williams/ Ivins CERT Coordinator


Stories from the desert

Art lovers, mark your calendars and bring your friends to the Artists Reception for our Watercolor Exhibit

“Stories from the Desert”

Opening Reception

Wednesday, November 2th

6:30 – 8:00 PM

This Event is FREE

This show will run from November 2nd through December 28th 2020.

Come and show your support for local, regional, and nationally recognized watercolorists interpreting the theme “Stories from the Desert.”

All art shown will be for sale with a portion benefiting the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.


All watercolor artists are being invited to show that water really does mix with desert themes at the next Desert Spirit Art Exhibit, “Stories from the Desert”.  Watercolor entries will be accepted on Wednesday, October 26th from 3- 6 p.m at the Kayenta Center for the Arts.


Make Space

Many New Fall Classes at MakeSpace

Carol Bold

Carol Bold

Carol Bold is Teaching Drawing and Composition

When: October 3rd – October 24th (4 Week Session)
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

This course will cover the basic drawing elements, including line, shape, form, space, texture, and color, and work towards more complex structures, compositions, and concepts. This class is perfect for both beginning and continuing drawing students.

Margaret Abramshe

Margaret Abramshe

Fiber Arts: Landscape in Fabric

Instructor:  Margaret Abramshe
When: October 14th, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
The price includes a materials kit for each student and shared tools

In this one-day class, you will use fabric as your medium to create a charming small landscape. Along the way, you will learn basic art concepts that can be applied to any artistic endeavor, including the importance of creating space, vanishing point, horizon line, the center of interest, visual pathways, and visual rhythm. 

Matt Pectol

Matt Pectol

Two New Oil Painting Studios with Matt Pectol

Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27 Time: 2-5p
Dates: November 3, 10, 17 and December 1, 8, 15 Time: 2-5p

Come be inspired and fall in love with Oil Painting as part of the welcoming and creative community of MakeSpace!

Led by professional local artist Matt Pectol, you will enjoy creating in the company of other oil painters.

MakeSpace is a working studio offering art classes and workshops in many visual art mediums including Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Encaustics, Printmaking, Drawing, Watercolor, Sculpture, Fiber Arts and more!

MakeSpace is not for profit.  A community studio run entirely by volunteers, MakeSpace is focused on bringing the community together through art.

For those that are new to art, there are many options for beginners that are curious enough to give it a try. Seasoned artists will enjoy the opportunity to create in a collaborative environment and learn to work in alternative mediums from the best local artists as well as nationally recognized Artist Instructors.


World Renowned Artist and Instructor David Shevlino will be teaching a four-day workshop on March 15-18 2023

Mark your calendars and watch the website for additional details and registration.

Make Space



Kayenta Art Village

Kayenta Art Village’s Galleries and Business are Open during the Arts Festival.

As you enjoy our annual outdoor Arts Festival remember to stop in and support our local business too.

Unique Experiences,
Local Perspective,
Exceptional Art.


Lance Ludlow at Gallery 873

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

Kayenta Deseret Arboretum


Fall Desert Plant Sale

We are excited to join in the celebration of Art in Kayenta this year. We will be offering a selection of the most wanted desert cactus varieties for sale throughout the festival along with the perfect plant stakes to highlight them.

Four reasons to make your purchase this fall:
1. Planting in cooler weather gives these plants the perfect opportunity to become established.
2. They need little water and care through the winter.
3. They will be well enough established by spring to begin blooming for you.
4. Every penny of your purchase will be used to install new pathway lighting throughout the gardens as well as expanding our holiday lighting display.

Come visit us at our canopy tent which we will be located in the Arboretum plaza just up the steps from Datura Gallery. Interested in volunteering in the arboretum? Looking for desert garden information? Stop by and say hi at the Art In Kayenta celebration.

Or contact Roger Head, rbhkayenta@gmail.com or 435-632-1814.

Kayenta Desert Arboretum

September 2022 Ivins City Council Update

Mike Scott, Ivins Council Member

Planning Ivins Future Together

“Planning Ivins Future Together” is the name of a citizen outreach campaign the mayor is launching in October to review our General Plan. It will be a three-month project and include town hall meetings and surveys. More information soon.

Community Input

I witnessed the most amazing public hearing I have ever seen a few weeks ago. A dozen residents spoke on behalf of hundreds of residents, presenting detailed information in opposition to Rize Capital’s plan to build up to 500 short-term rentals on 113 acres owned by SITLA.

Public hearings can get heated and sometimes public comments are just expressions of anger and frustration. That was not the case at this meeting. All the presenters were calm, even though they were very concerned about the proposed development. Their comments were thoughtful and factual. They clearly put a lot of time into researching the issue carefully.

Based on all the information they presented I expected the City Council would vote to deny the developer’s rezone request. I was wrong. The vote was 3-2 in favor of the developer.

I hear from residents that they do not think they are heard by the City Council. I can understand how everyone who opposed this rezone might feel that way too. They did a lot of research and presented it well. Their research was solid, as was their logic and reasoning. 

But despite the result, they were effective. Things do not change overnight. I hope this experience does not turn people away from being involved in issues facing the City. Especially right now as the mayor launches the “Planning Ivins Future Together” review of our General Plan. 

So, hopefully, you got through your summer reading list, because here are two books that I recommend you add to your fall reading list:

  • Ground Rules: Handbook to Utah Land Use Regulation, 2021, by the Utah Land Use Institute
  • Powers & Duties: The Handbook for Utah Municipal Officials, 2022, by The Utah League of Cities & Towns

More information

Email me at Mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com for more information about these and other Ivins issues. Also, please tell me what issues in Ivins matter to you and what you think should be done. Visit my website at www.MikeScott4Ivins.com for regular updates.

Petite Feast Dinner Club











 To reserve your seat at the table please click on the link below.

For the health and safety of all our guests, we request that all guests be fully vaccinated.

About Petite Feast Dinner Club: after 35 years as a restaurateur, caterer, chef, and Food and Wine best new chef nominee, Victoria Topham is opening her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests just like you. PF Dinner Club offers guests the opportunity to socialize with new friends around a shared table while enjoying deliciously upscale meals. Monthly dinners will feature an hors d’oeuvre hour followed by a multi-course dinner where mingling with the chef in the kitchen is encouraged. ** Think – mash-up of a restaurant, dinner party and cooking class.  And, she always has a few unplanned courses and surprises for her guests!  Events are announced monthly through the website and pricing for each event varies. Victoria is happy to accommodate your special celebration requests and dietary preferences whenever possible. I hope to see you soon

“Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talents with all of us this evening. Each course was meticulously prepared, each with a delectable sauce. A memorable evening!” – Eve Wetton

“What a fantastic evening. You really knocked it out of the park. After each course we thought it was the best until the next arrived. I know I will crave that ravioli for a long time. The roasted tomato sauce was sublime.” – Nancy Kosick


A summer tomato is designed to seduce. Brightly colored orbs dangle from sturdy green vines in the heat of summer tempting you to partake of their juicy charms. Each one bursts with sweet and utterly delicious flavor. Sadly, the season for summer tomatoes is coming to an end. So as I wistfully say goodbye to the vine ripened tomato perfection Matt and I have enjoyed all summer long – thanks to Dave Bigner and many other Kayenta gardeners – I thought this week’s Virtual Dinner Party recipe should headline the ‘pomme d’amour’.

There are many ways to highlight a tomato’s unique attributes, but one of my favorites is a simple salad that pairs tomatoes with another of summer’s beauties; the plum. The sweetness of both fruits compliments the bite of vinegar and salt and appealing sharpness of slivered red onion. I’ve also added crumbled goat cheese for color and a creamy, cooling textural counterpoint, but feel free to omit it if you prefer a vegan salad.

Start by cutting the best tomatoes you can find into wedges, or if you’re using cherry tomatoes, just cut them in half. Place the tomatoes in a bowl and sprinkle liberally with salt and a pinch of granulated sugar. Toss gently and wait for the salt/sugar mixture to work its flavor enhancing magic. While you are waiting, toss the plums and red onion together in a second bowl. Then, carefully lift the seasoned tomatoes from their bowl and add them to the plum mixture. Take care to reserve the juice that has collected in the bottom of the tomato bowl. This tasty, pale liquid is going to become the backbone of our vinaigrette. Stir vinegar, a bit of stone ground mustard and enough olive oil to make an emulsified dressing into the liquid. Pour over fruits and toss gently. Arrange decoratively on a serving platter and garnish with torn basil leaves and crumbled goat cheese if using.

If you have not joined the Virtual Dinner Party but would like to dine with us, please prepare this recipe – or any other – and share it with your family, friends and neighbors. It is our group’s firm belief that by preparing something good to eat and sharing it with those we love, we are participating in one of life’s greatest joys. The connection, community and good will that come from it fill us with joy, hope and gratitude. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Thanks for coming to the party and Cook On! – Victoria


2 medium heirloom tomatoes (about 3/4 pounds), cored and cut into ¼” wedges. (or use an equivalent amount of cherry tomatoes)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
generous pinch of granulated sugar
¼ small red onion, slivered (or to taste)
2 medium plums pitted, and cut into ¼” wedges
2 t grainy mustard
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T sherry vinegar
fresh basil leaves
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
additional coarsely ground black pepper and salt to taste


In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the salt and sugar. Set aside.

In a second bowl, combine the red onion and sliced plums. Add seasoned tomatoes (reserve tomato liquid) and toss gently.

Make vinaigrette: combine tomato liquid, vinegar, mustard and olive oil. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.

Pour over salad and arrange decoratively on a serving platter.

Sprinkle with torn basil and goat cheese.

Serves 2

Coyote Tales

Coyote Tales has become a much-anticipated part of the community arts and culture scene and the most recent event, held September 10th at Ivins City Park as part of the City’s Heritage Days Festival, did not disappoint. Nine storytellers captivated the audience with lively, funny, and moving narratives based on the theme, Tradition.

The evening was the first time the popular live open-mic storytelling event was asked to be part of the City’s annual celebration and a large crowd was on hand to take part in the festivities. Benny Sorenson and Sara Nash and their team at Ivins City Parks and Recreation transformed the park into a theater that allowed story lovers to listen to diverse and varied stories from professional and amateur storytellers while relaxing under pleasant and rain-free skies.

The evening began with a pre-show BYOP (bring your own picnic) and bluegrass music provided by Joe and Paula Ferario of Stillhouse Road. Once the stories began, the audience listened to each teller’s unique performance. Five local tellers were joined on stage by visiting storytellers, Stephen Trimble, Shelly Pollack and Lyman Hafen, and everyone’s favorite, cowboy/rancher, Bill Wright.

For many in the audience, this was their first Coyote Tales experience. The goal of each event is to foster community spirit through the telling of well-crafted stories. While the evening’s stories are timed (5 -7 minutes), Coyote Tales stresses that the events are intended to be about the shared connection between the teller and the audience. Many audience members leave the events feeling like they know their neighbors a little bit better.

Our sincere thanks to Doug Caputo our self-proclaimed “Master of Sharemonies” who guided the evening with his usual charm and expertise. Thanks also to Linda Schmal of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty who graciously provided free bottled water and other tasty beverages for thirsty story lovers.  Saturday’s show was the third time The Book Bungalow was able to participate by selling recent works from our visiting storytellers – we are grateful for their participation. But most importantly, I want to thank the community for embracing Coyote Tales and the concept of live storytelling.  It is my firm belief that by sharing our stories and listening to our neighbors we help foster better understanding, respect, and compassion for other viewpoints. By sharing our stories we build a bridge to connect with our surroundings, the environment, and this beautifully diverse community we live in very real and meaningful ways.

Everyone has a story – Victoria

For more information on Coyote Tales or to see future dates and themes for upcoming events, please check out our website.

Coyote Tales events are sponsored by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Arts and Museums, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, and Desert Dweller Realty. All proceeds from live events have been donated to local nonprofits.

North Rim Grand Canyon

Trips and Trails Returns

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Going to Gunsight Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Meet at the Kayenta Design Center at 9 am.

Bring a Lunch • 20 Miles of Dirt Road • Full Day Trip

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Xetava Gardens Cafe

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30am – 5pm


Thursday 11:30 – 8pm

Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 8pm

Sun 9am – 8pm (Brunch served 9-12)


Thank you very much for your continued support. Closing at 3: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day (to prepare for our special pre-sold dinner service) Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Blue Raven Bike RentalSpend an entire day in our beautiful environment.

With Blue Raven, there is no need to load the bikes onto your vehicle and drive to the trails. From our front doors, you can access any kind of riding you want, from paved trails through Snow Canyon to mountain bike adventures that can last from sunrise to sunset, and everything in between. With e-bikes, you can make the ride as easy or as challenging as you like.

We also have some pretty ingenious bikes to bring your kids along.

Check our website for pricing and hours.

(435) 225-0295 • blueravenbikes@gmail.com

Health, Fitness & Wellness

Kayenta’s locally run gyms, fitness classes, spas,  group workouts, wellness activities and mindful experiences.

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

Lao Tzu

Elevate Fitness

Fall into Fitness at your Local Gym!

New fall schedule coming.

Grand re-opening too!

Elevate Studio’s Current Class offerings!

ElevateFIT is offered M, W, & F at 9:30 am. This class is taught inside and outside. A fun, invigorating challenging class for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. 

Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • jyfitness@me.com


or contact John Yohman at 435-632-1381 jyfitness@me.com.



Participants MUST be vaccinated. Class size is limited and subject to change. Pre-registration is required. 

Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

Happy Fall from Elevate Studio.

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga

Tuesdays at 9:30 am

At John Yohmans’s Elevate Fitness Studio in Kayenta!

Classes are $15

Punch cards are available for $75 (5 classes)

No sign-up required!

New this Fall!

I will be offering Sacred Healing Classes one Saturday morning a month at my most sacred place, my home.
Classes include:
Sacred Tea Ceremony • Meditation • Yoga
Healing Information Class
(this will vary from nervous system regulation, somatic healing practice, chakra healing and balancing, awakening intuition, understanding trauma healing and stress response!)
Class/workshop will be 2 hours.
Lots of great things will be covered. Email me for more information.

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.

Call/text: 435-862-7743


Village Fitness Center

Community Gym

Come join your neighbors in the FUN!

When: M/W/F at 8 am & Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am.
Cost: $4/Session- 1st session is complimentary

Compact in size this local gym offers several equipment options including a suspension trainer, weighted rack system, free weights, and an elliptical trainer. Participants have the option to rotate through a timed circuit or workout on their own. 

Contact Gloria Prahl for more information.
Facility rental options are available.
The Village Fitness Center – Next to CFAK and Room for Thought in the Art Village

Community Gym

Community Gym

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Check out these exciting new add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

$15~ Peppermint Foot Reflexology 

$15~Wild Child hair and scalp treatment

$15~CBD infused spot treatment

$20~Age Defying facial mask

Please call or text to schedule or with any questions! Please remember that I am usually booked at least 2 weeks out.

Namaste, Aly Hansen

For a full list of Spa Treatments visit:

Tel: 435-862-7743 • Sacredspacespa@gmail.com

Mindful Vinyasa Flow and Yin/Stretcha

Kayenta Home Yoga

October Weekly Yin/Stretch Class

and Mindful Vinyasa Flow Class

Weekly classes for October – A little Yin, a little Yang!!

You asked, and I listened!  In addition to my signature Yin/Stretch class, several people asked about a Vinyasa Flow class.  So, beginning in October I will be offering both classes on a weekly basis:

Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am –  Vinyasa Flow (Alignment-based mindful flow)

Thursdays 9:30-10:45am  – Yin/Stretch (Floor based stretching class)


All classes are held at my small Kayenta Home Yoga studio. Bolsters, blocks and straps are provided, please bring your own yoga mat.

Each class is $15 cash or Venmo.  Your first class is free!


Questions?  Email or call me for more info.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on your mat!

Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)

Desert Rose Labyrinth

The labyrinth is sacred ground, a place of rest and renewal.

The Desert Rose Labyrinth & Sculpture Garden is a community resource with the intention that all who walk the labyrinth will be blessed with peace, comfort, and open hearts. The Labyrinth is maintained and funded by Kayenta volunteers. Please be respectful and leave only footprints. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact:

Cheryl Collins: 435-674-1664

Beth Hopwood: 802-922-8905

Javier’s Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

(Kayenta Resident)

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

“I think he is a neighborhood treasure. He has a very nice casita where he works. I love his massage and he is a really nice, thoughtful, considerate, good guy.” ~ Christy Lueders

Call or text for an appointment:

Javier Guzman

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) 

Pickleball is one of the fast-growing sports in the US. It helps us stay fit; allows us to meet and make friends in our community and – most importantly – have fun!

Organized drop-in play occurs 4 mornings a week. The start time is currently 10:00, but changes with the seasons.

Mondays-Women’s League,
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
(Mixed drop-in play).

Currently, there are 30 active players in this thriving group of Kayenta residents. Players are welcome to set up their own matches, do drills and use the courts freely outside of those designated times.

Plans for 2022 include spring and fall skill sessions with a guest instructor, a KPG- member tournament in April and possible ‘field trips’ for social play in a new location. If you would like more information, please contact
Trish Olson: otrish54@gmail.com -or-
Barbara Vaughn: bvaughn@montana.com.

Kayenta Pickleball Group

Community Advocates

Are you a Kayenta resident? Do you have a cause or passion that you are personally involved with in the St. George area?
If so, let your neighbors know right here.

Desert Preservation Initiative

DPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

October 2022 Update

DPI Workshop Prepares Volunteers for Upcoming Projects

How should you dress to safely handle even a low-level pesticide? Why is it important to treat tamarisk within ten minutes after it is cut? These and other questions about safety and science were among those answered for volunteers and directors of the Desert Preservation Initiative at a recent hands-on herbicide training and safety workshop in the Kayenta Wash. 

The workshop met its primary goals, according to attendees, of providing comfort about the use of herbicides and knowledge as to how the treatment process works. Scott Florence, who worked for the Bureau of Land Management and treated tamarisk in New Mexico for 30 years, says “These workshops are important to educate local residents who may be on the edge about removal and especially herbicide application.” DPI Vice-President Dan Beck agrees. “This training made people comfortable that this is a low-risk herbicide when applied correctly, and that the application process results in minimal, if any, contact with the herbicide.”

The trainers, Richard Heflebower Jr., a horticulture Extension Agent for Utah State University in Washington County, and Amy Davidson, a Compliance Specialist in the Pesticide Program of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, demonstrated equipment use and herbicide application, explained technical terms, and answered questions. 

Key points included the importance of applying the pesticide within 10 minutes of cutting a tamarisk stump to insure killing the plant and minimizing the amount of herbicide used, which in turn minimizes the impact on the surrounding habitat. In fact, in answer to a question about any danger to family dogs, Amy replied that there is essentially no danger, as the spray dries quickly on the cut stump in our dry climate.

As a Utah non-profit focused on restoration of native desert ecosystems in SW Utah, DPI has selected tamarisk as its priority species for cutting, removing, and killing within the washes and ravines that are part of the Santa Clara River Watershed. The workshop was designed to prepare DPI volunteers for upcoming tamarisk removal projects later this year, as fall is the best time to apply the herbicide for maximum effectiveness.

The bottom line, says DPI President Chuck Warren, is that the workshop “broadened the base of people in Kayenta who are determined to address the extremely concerning fire danger presented by tamarisk and the impact on native plants being replaced by this invasive.” 

Attendee Barbara McLaughlin agrees. After learning about “the fire hazard tamarisk creates, the water that is consumed by this vegetation, and how it chokes out native species,” Barbara and her husband Cameron Ferguson “realized that DPI was a crucial effort” and have joined DPI as new members.

Barbara found the workshop “excellent” and adds, “Luckily, we have no tamarisk on our property but nonetheless this local invasive impacts us all.”

The Desert Preservation Initiative hosts a training and safety workshop to help volunteers understand the protocols involved in using herbicide to complete the tamarisk removal process.
Richard Heflebower Jr., a horticulture Extension Agent with Utah State University, explained how Pathfinder II, the herbicide chosen after careful study by DPI, kills tamarisk and demonstrated how to apply it to a cut stump.
Amy Davidson, a Pesticide Program expert, explained how to use the herbicide in specific habitats and conditions, how to protect yourself and others when the herbicide is being used, and proper storage and disposal of the herbicide.

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

While browsing the work of talented artists at the Art in Kayenta Festival be sure to stop by the INKAS (Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters) booth. We will have many interesting, fun and useful hand-made items, including our popular microwave cozies, note cards, wine bags and sun catchers, along with our new baskets that promise to be very popular. All proceeds support homeless animals at the Santa Clara – Ivins Animal Shelter and local animal rescue organizations. We will be located next to Xetava restaurant. Please stop by to say hello, meet our dedicated volunteers and help us in our continuing support of animals in need. We hope to see you there! Art in Kayenta October 7th, 8th and 9th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter

Bailee Mabe, Shelter Manager

474 North 200 West, Ivins


Hours by appointment:
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3 pm

Dogs and Cats

Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Kai Reed

Ivins Night SkyPlease visit the Initiative’s website for more information at IvinsNightSky.org or email them at info@IvinsNightSky.org.

The mission of the Ivins Night Sky Initiative is to improve, preserve, and protect the night sky over Ivins and our heritage of dark skies through education and information about environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, and to serve as a resource for City officials, residents, and businesses.

Let us know if this Initiative is important to you, if you are willing to get involved, and what else you think we should be doing to improve, preserve, and protect the night skies in Ivins.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Lori Capshaw


In-person events have returned! Friends of Snow Canyon will offer outdoor events in 2022! See the volunteer opportunities below as well as outdoor hike/lecture presentations. At this point, we are not planning indoor events due to the COVID situation. Zoom presentations remain available for your enjoyment at home. They are posted below the Event listings on this page.

We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site.

E-mail us at friendsofsnowcanyon@gmail.com. “Like” us on www.facebook.com/ FriendsofSnowCanyon.

Nextdoor Kayenta

Nextdoor Kayenta
Nathan Dupre & Kathi Fox

Nextdoor is a completely private on-line web-site environment and we now have ONE Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhood with two leaders Nathan Dupre and Kathi Fox.

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

Infinity Rehab at Home

Infinity Rehab at Home


Marijke Onsrud, Physical Therapist

What is Infinity Rehab at Home?

Take advantage of Infinity Rehab at Home and receive outpatient physical therapy services right where you live. Physical therapy sessions are one-on-one and personalized just for you. Take the hassle out of driving to an appointment or scheduling transportation by having therapy right in the comfort of your own home. Physical therapy can help you improve your strength and balance so you can do the activities you love, like hiking, biking, tennis, walking, and pickleball, to name a few. Additionally, it can help with chronic issues, like arthritis and pain. 

How does it work?

Infinity Rehab at Home therapists come to you and work directly with your physician and care team to ensure a collaborative approach. We work with Medicare and most HMO plans, and we always verify insurance prior to treatment. 

About Marijke

Marijke Onsrud is a physical therapist with Infinity Rehab at Home. She has over 35 years of experience with physical therapy. Marijke lives with her husband in the Kayenta community and has provided several of her neighbors with physical therapy services. She is based with Infinity Rehab at Home at Ovation Sienna Hills and their independent living community. You can reach her at MOnsrud@infinityrehab.com or 435-538-3401, extension 1075 to find out more and schedule an appointment.

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.  The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.

For Reservations or Pricing call:

Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta


Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN Hair Artist embodies the artistic creativity and passion of the beauty industry. She thrives in creating natural, sexy cuts and color styles for men and women. She looks forward to pampering you.

924A Art Village Way, Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service.

Services Include:

• Personal Shopping
• Health Recovery Assistance
• Meal Prep
• Snowbird Service
• Home Organization
• Event Assistance

Call or email Andrea, your trustworthy neighbor at
401-258-9772 or Happy2help.Andrea@gmail.com

Kayenta Committees

Board opportunities, landscaping, and ACC & HOA contact information.

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

Interested in volunteering in the arboretum?  Or just looking for information about the arboretum or our lecture series.  Please contact Roger Head, rbhkayenta@gmail.com or 435-632-1814.

kayenta landscape committeeKayenta Landscaping Committee

Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.

Kayenta HOAACC & HOA Information

The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

Questions? Ellen Nathan

Phone: 435-652-8333, email: arneen@infowest.com

The Kayenta Concept

The Kayenta Concept is a philosophy that has steered the development of our exceptional community since its inception. The standards that underlie that concept are enforced by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), which serves both the Shonto Point and Taviawk HOAs. The pre-amble to the 2021 ACC Handbook lays out the basics of the architectural rules that have been followed to create the homes and land-scape we live in.

When your home was designed the Kayenta Concept was front and center. The ACC reviewed your design to evaluate whether it followed the rules, and the ACC monitored construction of your home through landscaping and occupation, again, reviewing adherence to design and construction standards. When you received your occupancy permit and construction deposit refund from the ACC, on-going compliance with the Kayenta Con-cept became the responsibility of your HOA Board of Directors. Your Board has the authority to perpetuate the Kayenta Concept into the future and gladly accepts that role.

The Kayenta Concept is worth reviewing to remind us that what we have here has only happened because of the rules Kayenta developer Terry Marten set up to own, build and live in Kayenta. His vision and the governing documents he developed to achieve and maintain that vision established the Kayenta HOAs and gave them the responsibility and authority to enforce the CC&Rs that underlie the beauty and value we all enjoy

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

October 10 & 24

Dumpster Dates

October 15

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are open.

For Appointments with a specific department call:
Administration: 435-628-0606   
: 435-634-9753
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049

Ongoing Events and Activities

Weekly and monthly gatherings

Kayenta Book Lovers

Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact our bookclub

Kayenta Weavers

The Kayenta Weavers groups meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie at: kayentakatie@gmail.com.

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal church meets every Sunday at 3 pm at Ivins Unity Park Recreation Room at 350 S 300 W for worship, music, and fellowship. Parking lots are located near the tennis courts and the skate park. We welcome everyone to join us whether you are a visitor, a newcomer, an inquirer, or a member of another church or faith tradition. We are a Christian community that cares for one another, and we’d like to care for you, too.

For additional information or questions, email Father Lee Montgomery at fatherly.montgomery@gmail.com.

*Tahri Marpo Ling Tibetan Buddhist Sangha

Weekly Meditation Practices:  OPEN TO ALL

Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice

Green Tara is known as the Mother of All Buddhas.  We engage in this practice to awaken our capacity for enlightened activity, present in the form of the feminine dimension of the primordial nature of mind.  Green Tara is known for her ability to dispel fear, anxiety and suffering.

Tuesday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings

This practice begins with three guided meditations to focus the mind, open the heart, and generate compassion for all sentient beings.  Then, a short form of the Chenrezig practice is led, in English.  Chenrezig is known as the Buddha of Compassion.

Contact Lhamo Khandro by calling or texting 801-671-8758 or emailing choshin4@gmail.com

for Zoom instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.

For more information on classes, weekly meditation practices and retreats, please go to our website:  tahrimarpoling.org

Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017 with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Rinpoche.  Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. 



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